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J.C. Penney to cut 2,000 jobs, close 33 stores

Cape, Fort Myers stores not on the list

January 15, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The Associated Press - Department-store operator J.C. Penney says it will cut 2,000 jobs and close 33 stores as it tries to turn around results.

Neither the Cape Coral store nor any Lee or Collier store is on a closure list released late Wednesday.

The news comes after J.C. Penney earlier this month said it was pleased with holiday results but declined to give sales figures. A strong November and December is crucial to retailers since it can account for up to 40 percent of annual sales.

The cuts should save more than $65 million annually. The company will take $26 million in charges in the third quarter and $17 million afterward. Penney has 116,000 staffers. All the job cuts are related to the store closings.

J.C.Penney is trying to recover from a sales spiral that occurred under former CEO Ron Johnson. The company brought back former CEO Mike Ullman in April.

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